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The Fairchild Channel F

The Fairchild Channel F is a game console released by Fairchild Semiconductor in November 1976 at the retail price of $169.95 (equivalent to $700 in 2014). It has the distinction of being the first programmable ROM cartridge–based video game console, and the first console to use a microprocessor. It was launched as the Video Entertainment System, or VES, but when Atari released their VCS the next year, Fairchild renamed its machine. By 1977, the Fairchild Channel F had sold 250,000 units and trailed behind the VCS.

The Channel F electronics were designed by Jerry Lawson using the Fairchild F8 CPU, the first public outing of this processor. The F8 was very complex compared to the typical integrated circuits of the day, and had more inputs and outputs than other contemporary chips. Because chip packaging was not available with enough pins, the F8 was instead fabricated as a pair of chips that had to be used together to form a complete CPU.

Lawson worked with Nick Talesfore and Ron Smith. As manager of Industrial Design, Talesfore was responsible for the design of the hand controllers, console, and video game cartridges. Smith was responsible for the mechanical engineering of the video cartridges and hand controllers. All worked for Wilf Corigan, head of Fairchild Semiconductor, a division of Fairchild Camera & Instrument.

Alien InvasionBackgammon_and_Acey-DuceyBaseball
BowlingCasino Poker Channel F Multi-Cart
CheckerColor_OrganColortest Demo
Democart DemoDesert Fox and Shooting GalleryDodge-It
Drag RaceDraw PokerF8 of Nations
FootballFull Screen Picture DemoGalactic Space War
Galactic Space Wars/Luna_Lander HangmanHockey and Tennis
International Karate DemoLights_Out Magic Numbers/Mind Reader/Nim
Math Quiz I:Addition and SubtractionMath Quiz II:Multiplication and Division Maze/Jailbreak/Blind-Mans_Bluff
Memory MatchPac-Man Pac-Man Version 2
Pinball ChallengePro Football Robot War
Robot War/Torpedo AlleyScrolling MountainsSlot Machine
Sonar SearchSpace WarSpitfire
TetrisTic-Tac-Toe/Shooting Gallery Video Blackjack
Video Whizball

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The Fairchild Channel F
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Pac-Man 2004 Blackbird E5frog
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The Fairchild Channel F
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Tetris 2004 Peter Trauner
The Fairchild Channel F
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In this Space Invaders variant, the player controls a gun turret at the bottom of the screen and fires missiles at incoming alien ships. The turret can move both left and right and hide behind three protective barriers. The alien invaders move left and right, fire missiles at the player, and slowly approach the planet surface - if they land, the player loses the game. Every once in a while, an alien mothership will fly across the top of the screen and shooting it will give the player extra...
The Fairchild Channel F
by Blackbird
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Pac-Man Version 20041211-14 2004 Blackbird
The Fairchild Channel F
by Fairchild
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The object of the game is to knock down as many pins in 10 frames of bowling. The game gives the player an overhead view of a bowling lane. The player's bowling ball starts out moving left and right across the front of the lane. This has the player trying to get the lane position they want the ball to start traveling down. Once the ball starts rolling down the lane, the player can curve the ball left or right. Once the curve has started, it can't be changed further. The game has 18 variations....
The Fairchild Channel F
by Zircon
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Galactic Space War Zircon Prototype
The Fairchild Channel F
by Fairchild
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Drag Race 1977 Fairchild
The Fairchild Channel F
by Zircon
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Color Organ
The Fairchild Channel F
by Zircon
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This game cart contains two space-themed games: In Galactic Space Wars, the player controls of a fighter spacecraft with the sole objective to find and destroy enemy space ships. The players takes a first person perspective from inside the cockpit searching the vast area of space to locate enemy craft. Once one is located, players try to quickly fix their laser's sight on the enemy and shoot it. If the enemy stays on the screen for too long, it will fire one shot at the player's ship and score...
The Fairchild Channel F
by Zircon
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Spitfire 1976 Zircon Prototype
International Karate Demo
The Fairchild Channel F
by Zircon
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Space War 1977 Zircon
The Fairchild Channel F
by Fairchild
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Although the title of the game may lead players to believe it's a pinball game, this is actually a Breakout variant. The basic gameplay features the player bouncing a ball off of a paddle into a wall of bricks, chipping them off one brick at a time. Each brick destroyed earns the player points with the low green bricks being worth 1 point each, the middle blue bricks being worth 4 points each, and the red bricks on top rewarding 7 points each. Once the ball bounces off the wall of bricks, it's...
The Fairchild Channel F
by E5frog
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Full Screen Picture Demo E5frog
The Fairchild Channel F
by Zircon
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Football Zircon Prototype
The Fairchild Channel F
by Fairchild
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Robot War 1977 Fairchild Prototype
The Fairchild Channel F
by Fairchild
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Videocart-12: Baseball is a baseball videogame released by Fairchild for the Fairchild Channel F in 1977. The first console baseball game featured an innovative pitching interface that would become a cornerstone for future titles based on the sport. Twisting the controllers steers the pitch, while pushing forward or pulling back varies its speed. If a batter manages to hit the pitch, four fielders can be moved to the left or right to make an out. Strikeouts, walks, and getting hit by the pitch...
The Fairchild Channel F
by Fairchild
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Hockey and Tennis Fairchild
The Fairchild Channel F
by Sean Riddle
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Channel F Multi-Cart 2004 Sean Riddle
Videocart-1 features four different programs: Tic-Tac-Toe: A computerized version of the popular game. You play the X's, the computer plays the O's; taking turns your goal is to place three X's on the 3x3 grid before the computer can place three O's. In this game you always get to move first. Shooting Gallery: In this game you control a rifle on the left side of the screen and need to hit a target on the right side of the screen. The goal is to earn as many points as possible by hitting the...
The Fairchild Channel F
by Fairchild
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Desert Fox: In this game you control one of two tanks engaged in a battle. The goal is to earn as many points as possible by shooting your opponent. On the game screen there are two barriers (located in the upper left and bottom right corners) and five mines (located in the middle of the screen). The tanks can not shoot through the barriers or mines making them ideal for cover. The tanks can drive through the barriers, but attempting to drive through a mine will cause your tank to explode...
The Fairchild Channel F
by Curtdawg
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Scrolling Mountains Curtdawg
The Fairchild Channel F
by Fairchild
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Democart Demo 1977 Fairchild
The Fairchild Channel F
by Zircon
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Pro Football is a 2-player American Football game played on a horizontal football field. Players take control of a 6-player team and play both offense and defense against an opposing player's team with the objective of outscoring their opponent. There are 8 offensive and 8 defensive plays to call. On offense, the player can either pass the ball or run using the quarterback to try to score a touchdown. Also available is the option to kick a field goal to score points. On defense, players can...
The Fairchild Channel F
by Fairchild
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Dodge-It is a unique game by Fairchild for the Fairchild Channel F, released in 1978. The game is similar to dodge ball. One or two players controls a character represented by a square in a room on the screen. A ball controlled by the computer is then introduced into the room. Overtime more balls are introduced into the room. The objective is to not come in contact with the balls controlled by the computer. Different rooms in the game have different properties. Variables such as the size and...
The Fairchild Channel F
by Sean Riddle
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Lights Out 2004 Sean Riddle
The Fairchild Channel F
by Fairchild
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Videocart-3 features a computerized version of the card game blackjack. The game follows the typical blackjack rules; your goal is to get cards totaling as close to 21 as possible without going over. The computer acts as the dealer, and is required to hit on a 16 or 'soft 17' and to stay on a 'hard 17'. The game features a full 52 card deck, and the computer will automatically shuffle the deck if there are less than 16 cards left; optionally you can request the computer reshuffle the deck at...
The Fairchild Channel F
by Fairchild
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The classic game of Hangman, in which the player has to guess a hidden word by suggesting letters. Only a certain number of letters can be tried - every incorrect guess will add an element to a drawing of a man being hanged at the gallows. The player loses if the drawing gets complete, due to his missing attempts at finding the letters in the secret word. The game contains 64 game variations of this basic premise for either 1 or 2 players, with or without a score. Variations include: The...
The Fairchild Channel F
by Zircon
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In this slot machine simulation, the player can choose his starting purse (from $1 up to $99) and then bet on each spin of the slot reels. Each bet can be either for 5¢,10¢,25¢, or 50¢. The game offers two modes: Random Play lets the wheel spin and then stop randomly, and Select Play lets the player choose when to stop each wheel at a time. Description courtesy of MobyGames via a CC license
The Fairchild Channel F
by Nycurt
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F8 of Nations Nycurt
Poor little mice, doomed to run around in a maze and escape as quickly as they can. As if that's not enough, the owners of this maze pit you against a friend to see who will escape first. And then the diabolical owners take it one step further and add a cat to the maze mix - forcing you not only to escape first, but escape alive! There are 4 maze types: Maze: A straight maze run. Jailbreak: The maze is a grid with hidden passages. Blind-man's-bluff: The maze is invisible and no walls can ever...
The Fairchild Channel F
by Fairchild
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Video Whizball is a game where players control paddles that have to protect a goal from being entered by whizballs. To protect their goal, the player's paddle can fire missiles which can be aimed straight or angled up or downward. Missiles that hit whizballs can help propel them to start going in an opposite direction. If one of the missiles or whizballs hits the player's or the opponent's paddle, it will temporarily disappear leaving the respective goal undefended. The game is won when either...
The Fairchild Channel F
by Sean Riddle
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Colortest Demo 2000 Sean Riddle
The Fairchild Channel F
by Fairchild
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This cart contains two different games. The first game is Robot War. It takes place on a space station. The computer malfunctioned and now four robots are out to hunt down the player. Gameplay mainly has the player trying to trick the pursuing robots into one of the four electrified force fields littered throughout the playfield. Every time the player is touched by a robot, one of the force fields disappear. Once all the force fields disappear, the player loses a point to the robots. If all the...
The Fairchild Channel F
by Zircon
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A playable version of the board game of Checkers. The player controls the 12 checkers at the bottom of the screen and attempts to remove the 12 checkers at the top of the screen, controlled by the computer. A player can only move his checkers diagonally toward his opponent's side of the board. A checker can be jumped when two opposing checkers are adjacent to each other and there is an empty space directly across the checker being jumped. If there's a checker in the board that a player can...
The Fairchild Channel F
by Zircon
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A simulation of the five-card draw poker variant. There is a computerized dealer and two more players (human or computer-controlled), and each one is dealt five cards. The players then take turns either calling or raising a bet (of up to $25) or, if they don't like their cards, they can fold. Once that round of betting is done, players can then choose to discard up to three of their cards in exchange for new ones, in an attempt to make a better hand. Another round of betting then takes place...
The Fairchild Channel F
by Fairchild
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Sonar Search features the basic gameplay idea of Battleship, but with a unique twist. Instead of trying to randomly guess what grid an opponent's battleship is on, after the player takes a shot, the player will hear a sonar ping noise. The shorter the noise, the closer the player is to hitting a target. In the 1 player game, the player has a limited number of chances to sink the enemy fleet of ships, while in the 2 player game, players take turns trying to sink their opponents ships before...
The Fairchild Channel F
by Fairchild
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The original game of backgammon for the first 2nd-generation console of 1977. Players take turn rolling dice and then moving their pieces around the game board. Blue & Red each have to move all their pieces off the board to win, and are competing against each other and against lady luck herself. Acey-Deucey is another way to play Backgammon where the starting position is different. Instead of starting the game with numerous pieces arranged at places around the board, you start with all your...
The Fairchild Channel F
by Zircon
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Draw Poker Zircon Prototype
The Fairchild Channel F
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The Fairchild Channel F
by Zircon
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Alien Invasion 1978 Zircon.bin
The Fairchild Channel F
by Fairchild
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Memory Match is a game where the player is given the task of flipping over cards two at a time in the hopes of having them match. If the cards match, they disappear from the playfield. If they don't match, the cards are flipped back over face down and the player tries again. The better the player is at memorizing where the overturned cards were, the easier it will be for him to find a match. The game contains 4 variations of its basic premise. The Memory Match 1 variations offer a smaller grid...
The Fairchild Channel F
by Fairchild
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Videocart-8 contains two traditional number games: Mind Reader and Nim. Mind Reader is a numerical version of the popular combination guessing game most commonly known as Master Mind. The console chooses a random number with 2 to 5 digits, according to player selection. The player is given 20 chances to guess the number the console has chosen. After every guess, the display shows how many numbers were correctly placed, and how many numbers are correct but in the wrong spot. Every wrong guess...
The Fairchild Channel F
by Fairchild
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Math Quiz I is a math game which focuses on addition and subtraction. The game presents a series of problems to solve; using the controller you need to enter the correct answer, earning you a point. If you enter an incorrect answer you are then given a second chance. Answer incorrectly a second time and then a point is given to the computer which will also show you how to solve the problem. These are the only variations featured within the game itself, however the instruction manual includes a...
The Fairchild Channel F
by Fairchild
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Videocart-7 contains the second and last part of the Math Quiz series started with Videocart-6. While the first part lets the players train addition and subtraction, Math Quiz II deals with multiplication and division. Once again, the game presents the player with a series of problems, simple multiplications in the first game variation, and simple divisions in the second. The results have to be entered using the controller. If the answer is correct, a point will be added to the left counter....